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Blair Witch Project

Horror movie directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez

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You've Got To Be Kidding Me

  • Nov 10, 2004
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How in the world can people consider this to be one of the scariest movies of all time? There are tons of other films that rely on the viewer using their imagination to move a story along that are so much better than this. "Signs" never gives you a visual of the alien until well into the movie, but it works on your mind. "The Others" has more twists and turns in it without special effects than "The Blair Witch Project" could muster in a film and a mockumentary.

What I saw after viewing this film was something all too common in my Mass Communication classes in college: hokey college-aged artsters hoping to make the next "greatest film of all time" and winding up with a silly, boring, and downright dumb film. There is nothing scary about this film. Sight-gags(like the stickmen totem thingies) and noises only go so far in a bad horror flick such as this one, and the whole "recovered video tape" idea is nothing groundbreaking.

Oh, and before anybody accuses me of being one of those folks who consider a scary movie to be one of those flicks that has the most gore or special effects, you're wrong. Those movies are pure popcorn fluff. They don't come after you in an attempt to be scary. They know they aren't scary, just full of eye-candy. They ENTERTAIN the viewer. "Blair Witch" lovers don't seem to be able to grasp that concept.

The really scary thing about this movie is how it suckered so many people into believing that it is the greatest movie around. That's the real masterpiece of this pile of dog poo. The producers knew that they didn't have a winner on their hands, so they concocted a whole history for this flick and plopped it onto the internet where folks ate it up like candy. For that reason alone, I'm giving this one two stars. It shows just how gullible people can be. If you keep repeating something, it's bound to become true. That's exactly what this movie did.

Kudos to the guys who marketed this thing, you did a great job.

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review by . October 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     "The Blair Witch Project" is among the simplest, most frightening, and most visionary horror films I've ever seen. It's the kind of feature that some will, no doubt, find to be somewhat silly; but it's also one of those movies where I lose all ability to care about what others think. In the end, my opinion matters to me; and my opinion is that this film is genius in how it presents itself and toys with various and common fears. It's scary in a sense that …
review by . January 16, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
"In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary......a year later their footage was found"So begins the load of tripe that is THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. Ah, but it is wonderful tripe all the same!!!THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was marketed as being the real thing, but what heartless... would release in cinemas the last days of three young teenagers who were murdered in the woods? Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua …
review by . May 28, 2000
Pros: Marketing, Improvisation, Concept     Cons: "Cinematography", Dialogue, Everything Else.     If you do, than you're going to be disappointed with this movie.      Heather, Josh, and Mike all head into the woods in Maryland for a couple of days to learn the truth of the Blair Witch, filming the entire time. This product is supposed to be Heather's senior thesis or something. Anyway, they get to the woods, and all of a sudden …
review by . May 28, 2000
Pros: Marketing, Improvisation, Concept     Cons: "Cinematography", Dialogue, Everything Else.     If you do, than you're going to be disappointed with this movie.      Heather, Josh, and Mike all head into the woods in Maryland for a couple of days to learn the truth of the Blair Witch, filming the entire time. This product is supposed to be Heather's senior thesis or something. Anyway, they get to the woods, and all of a sudden …
review by . February 03, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: requires use of imagination     Cons: moronic dialogue     I first heard about the Blair Witch Project on NPR. The story talked about a low budget flick that was scaring America's youth. The story stated that many of the audience members interviewed said that Blair Witch Project was the scariest movie they'd ever seen. AND, this movie scared them without gory special effects. The use of sound scared the audience. This caused an eyebrow to raise as I …
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The Blair Witch Project
Anyone who has even the slightest trouble with insomnia after seeing a horror movie should stay away fromThe Blair Witch Project--this film will creep under your skin and stay there for days. Credit for the effectiveness of this mock documentary goes to filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who armed three actors (Heather Donahue, Michael Williams, and Josh Leonard) with video equipment, camping supplies, and rough plot outlines. They then let the trio loose into the Maryland woods to improvise and shoot the entire film themselves as the filmmakers attempted to scare the crap out of them. Gimmicky, yes, but it worked--to the wildly successful tune of $130 million at the box office upon its initial release (the budget was a mere $40,000).

For those of you who were under a rock when it first hit the theaters, The Blair Witch Project tracks the doomed quest of three film students shooting a documentary on the Burkittsville, Maryland, legend of the Blair Witch. After filming some local yokels (and providing only scant background on the witch herself), the three, led by Heather (something of a witch herself), head into the woods for some on-location shooting. They're never seen again. What we see is a reconstruction of their "found" footage, edited to make a barely coherent narrative. After losing their way in the forest, whining soon gives way to real terror as the three find themselves stalked by unknown forces that leave piles of ...

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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 25, 1999
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: October 22, 1999
Runtime: 1hr 27min
Studio: Lions Gate
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